It’s National Stationery Week this week, and I thought I’d make a little project to celebrate (as a bonus post for today – yay!). These fabric covered exercise books take no time at all to make and are great for fabric stash busting! I’ve used mini notebook-sized ones here, but any size notebook with a thick paper cover will work just fine. Make one for yourself or a set of three for a little gift! Although I have used a plain fabric here, patterns do work best so bear this in mind when you’re choosing what to use.
You will need:
Some notebooks – I used these Moleskine plain paper notebooks which come in a set of 3
Fabrics – fat quarters would be great and will cover most sizes, leaving plenty spare
Mod Podge and a paintbrush
Sharp scissors or a rotary cutter and cutting mat
Press your fabrics before starting. Then place a notebook on the fabric to measure how big it needs to be – these notebooks have a little flap i the back, which I covered as well. Cut out the fabric, leaving a few millimetres around each edge, and then trim what will be the inside edge to neaten it.
Spread some Mod Podge on to one side of your notebook – I started with the inside flap here. Don’t spread too much on or it will just go a bit gloopy.
Leave for 30 seconds before placing the fabric on top, smoothing out any bumps.
Repeat with the other sides of the notebook, smoothing the fabric as you go.
Leave to dry for a while – you’ll probably find that the books bend a little, which is fine! Once they felt dry, I put them on my table and stacked a load of books on top of them to flatten them out again.
These notebooks will be really useful for jotting down my blogging ideas on the go! 🙂